Tuesdays , July 30 and August 6
Ft Davis Field Trip ,August 9- August 11
Central Texans have a wealth of hummingbirds visiting us each year. From our nesting Ruby-throated and Black-chinned Hummingbirds to the elusive visitors like Broad-billed Hummingbirds and Green-breasted Mango, Central Texas hummingbirds can be a challenge to identify.
This class will introduce the fifteen hummingbird species that have been seen in Central Texas. Mark Klym will discuss their ranges, habitat, and frequency of occurrence, and will emphasize those characteristics that can be used for effective identification, and sounds that can be used for locating and differentiating these birds. Each species will be examined in detail, looking at key diagnostic features, and compared to similar, often confusing species.
Mark Klym is Coordinator of the Texas Hummingbird Roundup and Texas Wildscapes programs for Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD). He is also co-author of Hummingbirds of Texas (Texas A&M Press, 2005). No prior birding experience is necessary. Participants will receive a Hummingbird Roundup kit from TPWD as well as other handouts.
Two lecture sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings July 30 and August 6 at a central Austin location. An optional field trip to the Fort Davis area will be offered August 9-11.
Tuition for the class is $40 for TAS members and $55 for non-members. For those who go on the field trip, there will be an additional fee of $90 to cover Mark's expenses. A minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 people can attend the field trip. For more information, contact Jane Tillman at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have taken the class before and want to go on the field trip only, contact Jane to be put on the waiting list in case there is space available.